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Polly’s journal begins its journey

February 22, 2010

Picasso said painting is just another way of keeping a diary

I agree.

In spirit of writing is the new praying and painting is just another way of keeping a diary, I have been art journaling away for the past week. Now that my journal has left the building and is sailing towards New Zealand (oh I wish that was me!) it’s my turn to muse over the process…

The beginnings are always hard, especially when it comes to very new projects. It took me a long time to come up with a good first page… in the end I went for spontaneous creation: I picked up my crayons and pieces of pretty paper and started to draw, glue, stick together, hoping that I would have an epiphany of sorts as a result. I did, for better or for worse.

After the first page was finished new thoughts and images started to circle my head, float in and out, appear before my eyes in the most unexpected moments. All because I was spending more and more time thinking about the journal and process, it was starting to get addictive.

In those first chapters of art journaling I went for themes that are important parts of my life. I was setting the scene for myself and for hopefully for others to add to it.

This is what I wanted to say for now. I’m now looking forward to the next step. While creating those first four chapters I have definitely discovered that I can express myself in ways other than just using only words. I want to take this thought further.



this girl…

February 22, 2010

this girl…, originally uploaded by julochka.

in the spirit of the this girl… posts that i’ve done on my own blog, i did a this girl.. page in the journal. it’s a way for me to assess where i’m at at a given moment. since it’s something that feels like it’s forever-changing.

this one came out a bit more uncertain than they usually do, which was interesting and helped me to see where i’m at.

it’s very liberating to write in the 3rd person, i highly recommend it.

Soujournal: a collaborative journey

February 19, 2010

With the idea that others will take our journal and make it theirs, I have left some of the pages I’ve done incomplete. For a couple of them, I’ve created backgrounds and added prompts, ideas on what the pages could include… for others to interpret as they wish… This is one example:

I’m really looking forward to seeing what people do with those!

My first page is also a work in progress. I’ve added certain elements that encapsulate what I think the soujournal project is. I’d like others who get the journal after me to add something to the page, something that reflects what Soujournal means to them.

I’m sure people would come up with very different ideas and inspiration for the project, so I’m curious to see what this page looks like at the end of the project…

The journal is in the post!

February 19, 2010

The second journal has started its travels. It’s now on its way to Julie, in Denmark, from England. I had fun working on it, I became used to having it in my bedside table, to the point where I didn’t want to let it go. But now I’m glad I did. Because I know it’ll come back to me full of thoughts, ideas, inspirations, words, images, beautiful papers… That’s the beauty of this project, we have to let go and let others complete what we started. I’m looking forward to seeing what happen to it, and can’t wait for it to come back. It’ll be a while though, so I’ll follow its journey here.

And now, it’s time to start working on the journal that Stacey sent! I can’t wait!

writing is the new praying continued…

February 11, 2010

i thought i’d share a bit more detail of the writing is the new praying page:

soujournal page detail

and the secret prayers, only to be viewed by those who get to play with the journal:

soujournal page detail

see, all sealed up:

soujournal page detail

i’ll admit i’m still working on the last page, but i did make progress today. it will be sent to polly monday by the latest.

writing is the new praying

February 2, 2010

writing is the new praying, originally uploaded by julochka.

this is page three of my soujournal.

since writing is the new praying is the underlying theme, i had to have a page which reflected this. it even comes complete with a little envelope of secret prayers.

the handmade paper that’s the base was made by my daughter at a museum where you could try that kind of thing. the blue and green bits are that fantastic japanese washi tape. i also got to play with stamps a bit and i used a little fragment of one of my most favorite basic grey paper designs from a couple of years ago.

Blanca, the journal’s in the post

January 29, 2010

I have sent my Soujournal, and so the adventure begins.

I’m a little embarrassed about the state of mine, I really am not much of artist. At the same time, I look forward to looking at everyone else’s and learning and getting ideas and improving and looking back and seeing how far I have came, even by the time my journal makes its first rotation back to me.

(I bet everyone is like uh oh. Don’t worry. I will do as little damage as possible to yours 🙂 maybe even just stick to writing.)

Here is a page I did last year, I’m not sure about the rest of you but I have discovered that my journal writing process is fairly standard.

I’ll have a couple of thoughts (usually either in bed, swimming lengths or scooting somewhere around town), link them with a couple of observations I’ve made, and construct an idea of a page I am going to create, then get it down on paper, either a napkin or my planner, and then transfer it to my journal when I get a chance. I can see a definite difference between the pages which occur organically and those that I force myself to do to fill a couple more pages.

So there is a lesson right there. I need to start thinking and observing more. Haha. Seriously though, like you found last year Julie when you took your camera everywhere you started to notice more, now I am going to start cataloging thoughts more. I guess this is what you already do since you have a gazillion blog posts on all sorts of ideas.

Baby steps.